Vic Mensa talks Roc Nation signing

On the heels of yesterday’s big announcement/signing with Roc Nation, Vic Mensa sits down with Power 106 to talk all things Roc Nation, his newly announced upcoming project, Traffic, working with Kanye, working competitively with Chance The Rapper, Coachella, and even his new Roc-A-Fella tat.

If you enjoyed last night’s backstory to how he got signed, you’ll enjoy this new interview too.

ICYMI: Vic Mensa “U Mad” f/ Kanye West

Vic Mensa signs to Roc Nation

It’s official after having been rumored since the release of “U Mad” — Vic Mensa signs to Roc Nation.

The powerful photo with the big bro Hov is up above with a tweet from the latter as well. Big looks continue for Vic in 2015, congrats to the young Chi-Town representa!

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UPDATE: Here’s the full story on how Lenny S. with Roc Nation signed young Vic.

A while back, I caught wind of an artist from Chicago who I thought had undeniable talent + lots of potential. I had @spanish_ran get in contact with @codykazarian who was a part of the mgmt team. I flew to Chi to go see this kid perform.

As a music exec, I’m excited about traveling to the Chi to meet this guy for the 1st time. Coming from Roc, I assumed he’d be ecstatic. I assumed wrong. He barely gives me a head nod after Cody intros us. Now the show’s over, every1 is gone & still nothin’. As I’m leaving, he stops me + says “yo, thanks for coming homie, where u from again?” I’d be lying to say I wasn’t slightly offended. Ha. I sarcastically answered “just a lil rec company named ROC NATION”. He replies, “oh, who y’all got there?” If u know me & my ROC pride, I’m offended again. Me: “Not sure if you’ve heard of them, a few small artists like, JZ, JCole & Rihanna”. He says, oh cool + keeps it moving. All Good…

Fast fwd a few months. Cody keeps me updated on everything they’re doing + without question, I show up. Chi, ATL, Detroit, LA, NY etc. Finally, I meet Dan, the 2nd half of mgmt team while they’re in NY filming Wildn’ Out. Dan doesn’t even give me eye contact during our intro. At this point I’m tight.. Who the fuck r these guys?! Who do they think they r ?! Fuck that! Do they not know who I am & the company I rep?! WTF!

Days later I convince myself to put my stubbornness/pride aside & reach out. Fuck it, this dude is too dope. Why should I lose out just cause it seems like they’re not impressed w/ Lenny S or Roc.

I hit Cody..He tells me Vic wanted to holla at me. We kick it for months. They tell me nothin can move if I’m not good w/Dan. I sat w/ all of em in LA & I told them every reason y ROC was perfect for em. They didn’t care about the hype, $, offers etc. They cared about making a connection w/ music/culture & partnering with a company who understood their vision/art. Same thing Roc believes in. We shook on it. Last piece of the puzzle: Meet w/ Chaka & J. My 20m meeting lasted 3hrs. We talked bout art/icons/rock/HipHop etc & decided our new business partners were SAVEMONEY! 1 of my most proud signings! VIC MENSA!!

Kanye debuts new song with Vic Mensa, brings out Wu-Tang in London

Whoo, where to begin…

Kanye West performed in London tonight and it looked pretty crazy and filled with plenty of guests and surprises.

The most intriguing to me was the debut of another brand new song. This one’s with Vic Mensa again and produced by more Chicago artists gettin’ their first Kanye co-sign — Stefan Ponce, Smoko Ono, and D. Phelps are all behind the boards on this one. The beat sounds pretty awesome so far and the crowd was goin’ nuts below.

Apparently it’s called “U Mad” and it’s Vic’s song with Kanye and Big Sean featuring. Whoof, looks like “Wolves” wasn’t just a one time collab with ‘Ye.

u mad. traffic season.

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VIC MENSA W KANYE. … Produced by me @smoko_ono & @dphelps94

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He also brought out the freaking Wu-Tang Clan. Watch some fan footage of “C.R.E.A.M.” below.

Kanye brought out Wu Tang during his show at Koko London tonight (via @taniaburrito)

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Then finally, the London audience was treated to a live performance of two of Kanye’s newest album previews “All Day” (sans flamethrower, unfortunately) and “Wolves” with Vic on stage too (still need that CDQ.) The whole set was accompanied by some new background set visuals too and other surprise guests were Big Sean, CyHi The Prynce, Skepta, and Allan Kingdom. Visuals of all this below.

Kanye performing 'All Day' at Koko London tonight (via @jerrylorenzo)

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Kanye performing 'All Day' at Koko London tonight (via @ponky101)

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Kanye and Vic Mensa performing 'Wolves' at Koko London tonight (via @brmmr)

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Visuals for Kanye's performance at Koko London tonight.

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Just thought this was cool (via Genius)
Just thought this was cool (via Genius)

Kanye West reveals album title

‘So Help Me God’

UPDATE: Kim Kardashian says this 13th century symbol for the Virgin Mary is the cover for “All Day”, implying that it’s not the album.

Sick artwork for All Day! It's the 13th century symbol for the Virgin Mary #SoHelpMeGod http://smarturl.it/YeezyAllDay

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There ya have it. In one fell swoop of a tweet, Kanye kicks off the month of March with the album title and artwork above.

Also today, Kanye’s run in Europe continues with another performance of “Only One” with another clean set and lighting accompanying it. Diggin’ this one as well along with the Skavlan performance yesterday.

And finally, Vic Mensa played “All Day” out in London and here’s our first full listen of the explicit version below. Pretty solid quality so if you can’t wait til the CDQ drops, give this a play below.

Kanye “Wolves” f/ Vic Mensa & Sia #SNL40

If I told you a week ago, Vic Mensa was going to be on SNL 40…

But yeah, wow. Amazing look for the young Vic as Kanye puts him on with a performance of track 01 — “Wolves”, accompanied by Vic and Sia. It was prefaced by “Jesus Walks” and “Only One” too. I’ll let the medley develop for you naturally down below, just know it’s definitely interesting… and IMHO, pretty cool. Can’t wait to hear more of “Wolves”.

Coolest color-corrected contacts, ever?

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Unofficial cover, but this is dope and should be official.
Unofficial cover, but this is dope and should be official.

SNL 40 related: There were a lot of quality moments and montages throughout but probably my favorite was the new digital short with Andy Samberg & Adam Sandler. Loved this.